Performance anxiety is common. It happens when people are engaging in sports and expected to perform well. It is a kind of anxiety that normal people experience like when giving an important speech or taking an aptitude test. Over thinking and stress about the outcome before the competition or event may end up the athlete “choke” or fail, the British Psychological Society in its annual conference announced.
Scientists in the United Kingdom reportedly tested the coordination and anticipation abilities of athletes. The abilities of 18 athletes were tested in terms of catching the ball or striking the object. The measurement was done in non-pressure situations once and another measurement in a pressure situation also once. As expected, the ath…Read more >
The reality is this—no one is spared from anxiety. No human is ever immune from anxiety. Anxiety is a fundamental feeling all humans experience. It actually serves a noble purpose, if used wisely. Anxiety can be a dangerous thing when it is not used for the greater good. Anxiety can help people get motivated. It is just a matter of how to channel such emotion for good.
At the turn of the 20th century, great psychologists Robert Yerkes and John Dodson studied the link between anxious arousal and performance in their historic research. The duo found out when athletes don’t get much psychological arousal the performance might struggle a bit. This is now known as the Yerkes and Dodson Law. The law is highlighting the ability to achieve optimal …Read more >
Are you performing well in practice only to choke during actual competitions? There are times that some athletes may feel nervous, anxious, and afraid, which in turn may impact their performance. Learning a few tips from sports psychology may be able to help athletes control the performance anxiety and keep things under control—thus, reducing game day jitters.
What is performance anxiety?
Performance anxiety is colloquially referred to as “choking”. It is most often described as a decrease in the quality of athletic performance due to the perceived stress. This perceived stress may go overboard especially on match day because of the audience, and high expectations of the fans for the athlete to succeed. The stress may be likely appearing bec…Read more >
When there is pressure to perform, most of the time children get nervous, cracks and chokes. While some children athletes go into a raring mode, they might get too excited. Some may get worried and tense up. The performance might end up negative, or even make them give up the sport altogether—which is a bad thing to happen.
The thing is that not even the best pep talks—the private lessons—will help a child from choking or having sports anxiety. No one can really tell whether the kid will end up with a trophy or just wail in vain. The bad thing is that you may not know how to help the kid overcome the sports anxiety he or she is feeling.
The worse that could happen is silence
There are several ways to deal with this issue. Sports anxiety may …Read more >
It is but normal for an individual to feel nervous and anxious before and during the competition. However, if the athlete is not good at coping with these feelings, he may run the risk of losing in the competition. This is why aside from undergoing those rigorous trainings for physical endurance and learning the techniques of the chosen sports, an athlete also has to learn the keys to coping well with competition anxiety. The following are some tips on how you can keep anxiety at bay and then focus more on winning the competition.
Perform relaxation techniques.
Relaxation techniques are too crucial for an athlete about to join the competition. Those days of trainings, coupled with the pressure to win can indeed cause anxiety among athletes.…Read more >